The ‘handout’ notes and lectures Walt Stanchfield passed out to Disney animators over the years have famous in the animation industry for their insight into the artform, inspiring such acclaimed animators as Tim Burton, Brad Bird, John Musker, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja and John Lasseter.
Now, all animation aficionados can share his insights with the release this week of Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Vols. 1 and 2 from Focal Press.
‘To me, Drawn to Life is one the strongest primers on animation ever written,’ says Disney animator Don Hahn, who edited the books. ‘The material spares no detail on the craft of animation, but also digs deep into the artistic roots of animation. It is a publication that has been anticipated for many years by every artist and student that Walt ever came in contact with. It has been a labor of love for me and I am so proud that Walt’s teachings will live on in these two volumes.’
A trailer for the book, featuring Hahn, can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkLZfu_Y92g
Each book retails for $29.95 and are available at bookstores this week.